Jewelry, including earrings, of any kind worn in any visible body piercing or any hard replacement stud used when the jewelry is not being worn must be removed before the player is allowed to participate in a practice or game. Covering the jewelry or hard replacement stud with tape, padding or bandage is not sufficient; the jewelry or hard replacement stud must be removed before playing.
Subject to approval of the Referee, various soft, flexible materials that present no danger to the player or other players may be used to keep recent body piercings open for participation during games.
In the case of visible taped-over or bandaged suspected piercings, Referees must not ask players to lift or remove articles of clothing or bandages. It is acceptable however, to ask a player if the tape or bandages is covering an earring. The Referee must accept the answer provided, regardless of suspicion and if in the opinion of the Referee, the item is deemed to be dangerous, the player will not be allowed to participate on that day.
Coaches have the responsibility of not allowing players wearing jewelry to participate in practices or games.
Coaches and Referees are role models and should avoid wearing jewelry, earrings and hard replacement studs during practices or games.